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AV News Awards


AV News Awards 2019 Product and Project finalists


Following our customary practice, we are announcing the finalists, in the product and project categories, one month before the winners of these, and the individual and industry categories, are revealed at the presentation ceremony, on the opening morning of ISE 2019. All of the categories attracted record numbers of entries with the vast majority reflecting well on the stnding of the AV industry.


AV Project of the year (Education) Promethean


Moscow Online Schools project.


With more than 20 years of experience in K-12 classrooms, Pro- methean is a global leader in education technology. Promethean’s combined hardware and software solutions are designed to trans- form learning spaces into collaborative and connective environ- ments, promote student participation and engagement throughout the learning process, and provide access to limitless interactive teaching and learning resources that bring lessons to life. In 2018, Promethean’s interactive front of class display was se- lected to fulfil the Moscow Online Schools project. Promethean was chosen to produce a bespoke IRBIS panel for schools across the city of Moscow. The IRBIS panel is an all-in-one solution, in- corporating the 86-inch interactive flat panel, OPS and a compre- hensive education software. The Promethean IRBIS panel offers a tablet-like interface with a customisable home screen making it easier for teachers to adapt to the new technology. The solution has also been created to be convenient for admin- istrators and managers. Integrated with the infrastructure of the Moscow Online School providing on-hand management and online monitoring. Over 7,600 bespoke IRBIS panels were delivered to the city by the end of 2017 and a further 14,000 IRBIS panels confirmed in January 2018.


The London offices for The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales needed a major upgrade of its AV equipment throughout its buildings including its 20 x 20m Great Hall, 120- seat auditorium and 21 meeting rooms. Although a grade II listed building, ICAEW wanted to embrace the technical developments of the 21st Century. Clear VC, specialist provider of audio-visual communication solutions, was appointed to manage the AV in- stallation. In just eight weeks, while floors and furniture were re- placed, the team, working closely with English heritage, installed the latest AV equipment, lighting and conferencing facilities throughout the institute’s city headquarters. Tall windows that stand 4m high and span the entire side of the Great Hall, were obscured by an old stage backdrop, which blocked all natural light coming into the room. English Heritage was keen that these, complete with their original wooden shut- ters, were uncovered as part of the refurbishment but this created the challenge of an entire wall of windows to project towards and meant it needed significantly brighter projectors. Clear VC chose three Optoma ZU650 powerful laser projectors to project across a new 12m-wide fast-rolling electric extra-large Gerriets Megascreen in the Great Hall. A further ZU650 was installed in the Auditorium Council Chamber. Clear VC installed stage and architectural light- ing with down lights to give ICAEW and its private hire customers the ability to wall wash colours across the hall using amBX lighting server and Studio Due light fittings. Companies can match their logo perfectly within the environment by taking a single pixel from the logo projected on the ZH400UST laser projectors each side of the stage and use this as the basis to colour match the room. The Great Hall, Auditorium and ICAEW’s 21 meeting rooms now have exactly the same user experience.


NEC The Quadram Institute of Bioscience (QIB) Pure AV Cyber Lab Energus


The Energus Cyber Lab, the first of its kind in the North West, seeks to tackle the skills shortage in Cyber Security. Complete with an immersive environment capable of simulating the experience of an attack; the lab is used to deliver apprenticeship frameworks, STEM programmes and commercial training for the NDA Group, Nuclear Supply chain and local businesses. The Lab designed and installed by Pure AV has helped to secure Energus funding to train 350+ CyberFirst students between 2018 and 2024 and open their services up to a whole new customer base. Multiple displays facilitate collaborative working: The lab itself is a single room capable of housing up to 14 students and a tutor. The technology in the room includes two Philips 84” touch dis- plays at the front of the room, a Philips 55” display at the side of the room, two Epson ultra-short throw Laser projectors, projecting onto interactive Smart Glass on the other side of the room and a 65” Iiyama touch table in the middle of the room. There are desk- top-based workstations for each student. Any workstation, laptop or smart device can be shown on any display and controlled from any touch display. Wireless connectivity is managed using Kram- er Via collaboration equipment and switching and distribution is handled by an Extron DTP Crosspoint device with control delivered via a Crestron control system. In addition, the tutor has full control of the system including the dynamic lighting via a touch screen programmed with a simple user interface.


AV Project of the year (Commercial) Clear VC and Optoma


The London offices for The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)


The £75m scientific institute is Europe’s largest gastrointestinal and endoscopic research site and fully functional NHS facility. The QIB is the product of a unique pioneering vision where re- searchers, students, scientists and clinicians collaborate under one roof, in real-time, making the AV infrastructure a key success factor in facilitating effective collaboration between many diverse groups. Designed and integrated by Snelling Business Systems using the latest display technologies from NEC, multiple adapt- able meeting spaces provide bi-directional interaction with live streaming of clinical endoscopic procedures. Delivering zero-la- tency uncompressed 4K video to support medical innovation, this ground-breaking deployment demands mission critical perfor- mance. The AV infrastructure was designed and deployed to support this unique facility, the first of its kind, where collaboration is the crit- ical success factor. Focusing on the study of food and the human microbiome (the bacteria in our guts), the building houses 400 research students, scientists and clinicians. This is a unique en- vironment – a scientific research and education institute and an NHS facility working in such close proximity, collaborating to im- prove the health of patients around the world. This deployment is the first endoscopic installation to provide uncompressed 4K video (SDVoE) over a 10GB Ethernet network using fibre interconnectiv- ity. Live video can be broadcast to any point inside the building or indeed beyond its walls. The Quadram Institute is amongst the first healthcare facilities in Europe to adopt an end-to-end AVoIP infrastructure and, combined with best-in-class NEC HD display technology, the result is outstanding.


Oblong Industries JLL NXT office


Professional services and investment management company JLL launched the NXT Office, an interactive and futuristic presenta- tion space at its London headquarters designed to reinvent the customer experience. The NXT Office is powered by ground-break- ing technologies including Mezzanine from Oblong Industries, an immersive visual collaboration system, to deliver all the essential property information that clients require in one easy to navigate, interactive and highly visual workspace. The NXT Office has had a positive impact on productivity, considerably reducing the time that senior decision-makers spend searching for property and vis- iting locations. Decisions that would previously take numerous


weeks and multiple meetings, now often take just one hour. The NXT Office includes a Mezzanine 650 Series and a Cork Board Server connected to a PC running the JLL NXT Application. Mezzanine is used alongside Matterport, a technology that creates and displays 3D building walk-throughs. JLL has also developed their own proprietary NXT application to capitalize on Mezzanine’s large, interactive workspace—offering a superior customer experi- ence unmatched in the property industry. This solution, coupled


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with next-gen control via the Oblong gestural wand, creates a very valuable and WOW experience for the client. Mezzanine coupled with JLL’s large database allows the com- pany to present all real estate options in the capital to their cus- tomers, often within an hour, saving clients a tremendous amount of time. The NXT Office experience includes a virtual tour of the properties and all relevant information for the client to enable him/ her to make a faster decision. The launch of the NXT Office in London marks a key phase in the roll-out of this dynamic concept which is also successfully in operation at JLL’s Paris headquarters, also powered by Mezzanine.


ProAV Schroeder Project Mural


London Wall Place is a new 12 storey development near Moorgate and Bank in the City of London making it a prime location for Schroders new headquarters.


Following a successful tender process, proAV was commissioned to install audio visual systems as part of an overall integrated ‘smart-building’ solution to significantly update and improve the Schroders AV and IT infrastructure to provide cutting-edge ser- vices for their staff and clients. proAV delivered a future-proofed, integrated audio-visual solution that promotes exceptional meet- ing and presentation facilities with easy to use control systems, all supported by Crestron’s enterprise remote management platform,


Crestron Fusion.


This project encompassed: a divisible auditorium; 2 boardrooms; 40 meeting rooms; 110 VC meeting rooms; collaboration spac- es; IT training suites; a TV Studio; a gym and a wellness centre. AV solutions and technology deployed included: Crestron control throughout; Crestron Fusion; QSC centralised audio; Unilumin video walls, 0.9mm and 1.2mm fine-pitch LED S-Panel; Trimble Manhattan room booking; Cisco video conferencing; Global video infrastructure; Exterity signage; Tools on Air / Cantemo Ingest and storage


The key innovations and benefits of this project were driven by the smart technology solutions and how they would be integrated from an AV/IT perspective. Key to a successful install was having all parties fully engaged with each other in order to make these systems talk to one another. The focus for this at a performance level is visitor management. Using the room booking platform our client can achieve the following events: For ad-hoc meetings, the system can also detect who is in the room and display these on the room booking panels, so the user can book into the room as themselves. proAV 3D renders and BIM modelling of all AV spaces were produced as part of the project planning and has allowed all teams to work more proactively alongside one-another to maintain high levels of efficiency during project delivery.


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